My final day in Adelaide has been brim-full of my two favourite things… food and poetry.
The food markets here are quite simply some of the best I have ever discovered, boasting the finest cheeses, yoghurts, pastries, meats, seafood, coffee, breads, nuts, fruit & veg, chocolates and on it goes… I will miss my daily walk for coffee and a strawberry & vanilla custard tart and I have to say the laksa I just ate has not only lit up my taste buds, it has well and truly cleared my sinuses.
On the poetry side, I had the absolute pleasure of spending the afternoon with 30 poets, all eager to open themsleves to new learning experiences. Together we looked at techniques to assist us with the close reading of a poem, generated ideas for a new poem and put some editing tips into practice.
It was the perfect way to finish off what has been an amazing trip. Adelaide has definitely declared itself as a must visit destination.
Off to Melbourne tomorrow, with the first poetry stop, Passionate Tongues on Monday night at The Brunswick Hotel.
Well it’s got to be said, the people of Adelaide love their poetry. My reading at Friendly Street on Tuesday night was really well received by a 60+ strong crowd and yesterday’s haiku workshop drew a healthy audience of poets eager to get a little deeper into the haiku world. Together we explored the history of this magical form, current trends in english language haiku and examined what makes a haiku sing, before sharing and tinkering with the group’s own poems. Here’s one of my own recent poems:
up to its nose
Ah yes, we sure have had some weather back home.
In complete contrast, tonight is the state final of the Australian Poetry Slam, so that should be a suitably rowdy affair… am looking forward to seeing how they do it down here.
Now, it’s back to the Adelaide markets… this place is a food lover’s heaven.
Well yesterday was a wonderful whirlwind of a day… greeted at the airport by Friendly Street Poets convenor Maggie Emmett, Nicholas and their lovely dog; whisked through the streets of Adelaide to get my bearings and then straight to Radio Adelaide to do a couple of interviews, the first of which you can tune in to today at 3;30pm (Adelaide time).
Reading at the legendary Friendly Street Poets tonight…